Bring the troops home from Afghanistan


Events in Afghanistan and here at home since the "inadvertent" burning of Korans on a U.S. Army base show once again that the majority of Americans are right on target in their support for bringing the troops home.

As news comes out of Afghanistan about angry mobs and the killing of Americans, Afghans, and others, the GOP response has been to stoke the flames of more racism and anti-Muslim attitudes by portraying the president as a weak-kneed apologist to "dangerous, out-of-control terrorists."

By implication, Republicans also feed into the Islamophobic lie about the president being a "secret Muslim." Republican presidential candidates and their surrogates, like Franklin Graham, make such racial and religious bigotry part of their regular messaging.

They further hope to undermine the president by using the Koran-burning crisis to condemn his strategy of setting a timetable for withdrawal. That policy, they say, is the reason for all the trouble we are seeing in Afghanistan.

We don't think the American people are going to fall for these arguments. We believe there is a deep understanding on the part of most people that the real problem is the deeply flawed Afghanistan strategy the U.S. has had from the very beginning of its unwarranted involvement there led by the Bush administration.

The flawed strategy is based on the incorrect premise that the United States can send in troops and occupy a nation in order to fight terrorism, when in reality military occupation increases terrorism. Plus, there are the one percent's geo-political and economic motivations at work in occupying Afghanistan.

We see where that strategy led in Iraq - to nothing but disaster.

Some have argued that pulling out from Afghanistan will endanger Pakistan, turning that country over to "terrorists." Those who argue that position, however, have given us not a single plausible explanation of how U.S. troops in Afghanistan can possibly have anything to do with keeping Pakistan "safe." If anything, things in Pakistan grew worse after the arrival of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The Republican argument that the reason for the trouble in Afghanistan is that the president, by announcing a withdrawal date, "gave away" our strategy is equally absurd. Afghanistan has been a disaster for us ever since we got involved there. It is a disaster now, and will continue to be a disaster for as long as we stay.

The American people know that to stop the killing in Afghanistan and to stop the loss of U.S. lives there is only one option. Get all the U.S. troops out of there and get them out now.

Photo: "Afghan cop looks at damage to vehicle in Jalalabad airport, which insurgents say was revenge for Koran burnings by U.S. troops."    Rahmat Gul/AP

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  • The best way to bring troops home is to affect change. There is a petition asking to move continued approval of deployed troops into the hands of the public by popular vote.

    Posted by matt, 03/04/2014 8:08pm (2 years ago)

  • The Afghans managed fine for centuries without foreign intervention. When foreign armies invade they all leave in disgrace. Afghans are fiercely independant and will remain that way. Our problem is that we do not respect them and we under estimate them.

    Posted by Mike Greer, 03/12/2012 8:55pm (4 years ago)

  • When do we have our March on Washington, I want to be there!!!! Like NOW!

    Posted by A PROUD AMERICAN, 03/04/2012 12:24am (4 years ago)

  • I will agree. While we are at it we need ot bring our troops home for all over the world and quit playing world Empire.

    Posted by SwampFox2U, 02/29/2012 7:34pm (4 years ago)

  • i will agree with one part and disagree with another, i agree that the strategy of US was wrong in afghanistan to support same people who have been involved in civil war and not to oppose their presence in afghani government and the second mistake was that the US had not a clear position about the taliban and the blacklist they had created and that they were not being participated in the first place in bonn conference at least the talibans who had nothing to do with crimes.
    i will disagree with the part of the US withdrawal from afghnistan because this will result in afghanistan being a terrorist factory which could possibly plan and hit US again and also their withdrawal will damage the reputation of US as a world power, people may criticise the US that it couldnt eradicate the source of terror in the afghanistan and in the region.
    US can put pressure on Pak to make the taliban talk and become a positive role player in the future of the government of afghanistan.

    Posted by aryan, 02/29/2012 4:38am (4 years ago)

  • Another fine example of unbiased reporting?

    Posted by Rob John, 02/27/2012 10:19pm (4 years ago)

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